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I'm trying to make the heaviest and slim canopy weight to weigh down a 10' ...

August 11, 2017, 5:45 pm

I'm trying to make the heaviest and slim canopy weight to weigh down a 10' x 10' tent. Any ideas? Read more »

Fresh air system HRV & ERV

June 28, 2017, 2:51 am

Hi there, This is Victina who dealing with the HRV & ERV. Many houses choose the ventilation system now. Have you use one? Kindly like to listen your opinions about this. Victina Read more »

Using 2" schedule 40 pipe as support for basketball backboard and hoop

June 8, 2017, 4:31 am

I wish to put up a basketball hoop, using 2 schedule 40 pipe. Is this pipe sufficient from a strength perspective. I would cement it 4' below ground. Read more »

1000 sq ft out building with basement

May 22, 2017, 8:02 pm

Looking to build around a 1000 sq ft building just open layout but would want electricity to it. Also 9-11ft basement. (Shelter) what are the options out there can i go polebarn route? Or what wo... Read more »

apartment units VS parking spaces, question

May 1, 2017, 12:55 pm

I'm just curious, is anyone on here familiar with the local codes in their city as to how many parking spaces the city/township/municipality requires per unit in an apartment building? In the smal... Read more »

Form material for interior topping slab

April 28, 2017, 1:03 pm

Placing a ~3.5 topping slab to elevate a garage floor up to the house's sl ab grade on a remodel. We cut 6 wide strips of 1/8 Masonite to act as a perimeter form to set our screed lines. Wall stu... Read more »

Dropped a screwdriver down the toilet drain

April 22, 2017, 9:44 pm

I drop a screwdriver down a toilet drain. The drain is cast iron and straight down about 8 ft and then does a 90. The driver is laying at the 90 and I can just see the handle but none of the metal pa... Read more »

Reinforcing 2x6 attic joists above 2nd for conversion to 3rd floor living s...

April 22, 2017, 5:43 am

Seeing if anyone can help, I just bought a house built in 1908. Half of the attic was a finished with plastered and deteriorated over the years due to a leaky roof, the other half of the attic wa... Read more »

outdoor tankless water heater

March 31, 2017, 3:22 am

Are outdoor tankless water heaters allowed on a zero lot line wall? I know windows are not allowed, but a neighbor just installed a tankless heater on the outside wall. Read more »

load bearing wall with single top plate

December 12, 2016, 6:58 pm

Can an existing partition wall with a single top plate be used as a load bearing wall if strengthened? I was considering inserting 2x4 blocking between each stud (studs are 16 o.c.) and nailing them... Read more »

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3/8" solid oak flooring?

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Anyone have any experience with 3/8 solid oak flooring? We're thinking about using it for our formal dining room. I think the brand is Bruce but I can't seem to find anything on the Web about it.... Read more »

install staple up radiant before hardwood floors?

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I am planning on putting in staple up radiant heating for my main floor while I am finishing my basement (since I will have access to the underside of the floor). At a future date I want to remove t... Read more »

Subfloor insulation

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Am dissatisfied, after living in my new home for 2 years. Home is on concrete 12X12 piers/crawlspace, no slab. Live in central TX, very mild winters. Yet, in the winter, the floor is very notic... Read more »

Exterior Siding on Reddiform ICF

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I am looking for options for siding on ICF forms. These are solid foam with no nailers on them. Do any of you have any info for me? We are looking at some type of rock which may be cultured or not. ... Read more »

Monitor Kerosene Heaters/ stopped production ?

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I have 3 Monitor heaters that use K1 fuel oil. I like them a lot, but have heard recently that Monitor has stopped making them. Anyone know if this is true, and if so, where would one find parts... Read more »

Choice of Impact Driver ?

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I am trying to choose an impact drill (driver) that can install 10 inch Spax lag screws in pressure treated timbers. Although I would prefer a corded model, I find very few corded models on the ... Read more »

How to tarnish a shinny tin building

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Having just added on to a galvanized metal building, the new metal is a real contrast to the existing structure. Anyone know of an environmentally safe wash, that can be used to age the new galvani... Read more »

how to know if unknown wire is "neutral or ground"?

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I'm trying to add an outlet from 2 wires that are just hanging out of the wall. I followed the wires to the attic and only one wire goes to the attic. The other wire went somewhere else. I tested th... Read more »

Septic question for Dave Jeeves or others

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We're building a new house - 2500 sq ft., 4 bedrooms, 4 occupants. The county in Ohio where I live set requirements as 1000 gallon scrap tank and 1000 gallon ATU, output gravity feed to 1200 line... Read more »

Laser Level Charger

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I have a very good Laser Level, although I feel the charger is faulty. I have replaced the Ni-Cad batteries also. Here are the specs. I would like to find one that would charge my Laser. Thanks, ... Read more » is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.